Mexico's Military used Israel's Pegasus Spyware to Spy on Yaqui in Sonora, During the Years when Yaqui Water Defenders were Imprisoned, Disappeared and Assassinated
By Brenda Norrell, Censored News, January 28, 2024
Mexico's military used Israel's Pegasus spyware to spy on Yaqui in Sonora, south of the Arizona border, according to leaked files. The Mexican military spied on Vicam Yaqui, during the years when many Vicam Yaqui were kidnapped and falsely imprisoned; disappeared; and brutally assassinated.
Before they were imprisoned and murdered, the Traditional Authority of Vicam Yaqui hosted International Water Forums, and highway blockades for years, to protect their Yaqui River water from being stolen by an aqueduct for the City of Hermosillo.
Tomas Rojo, spokesman for the Traditional Authority of Vicam Pueblo, was brutally assassinated on a morning walk in his community in May, 2021.During our interview with Tomas in Vicam Pueblo, Tomas spoke of the struggle to recover what has been taken -- the land and the water -- over the past 500 years.
"They fought in the mountains among the stones, among the thorns, among the bush, among the wild animals that were their friends," Rojo said during our video interview, during the International Water Forum in Vicam Pueblo in 2012.
During those years, the Mexican military stalked both Yaqui in Sonora, and the Zapatistas.
The Traditional Authority of Vicam Yaqui hosted both international water forums, and an international gathering of Zapatistas, with Marcos and Comandantes from Chiapas. The international gathering of Zapatistas was held in Vicam Pueblo and attended by Indigenous from the far north and south, in October of 2007.
While the Zapatistas were on the Journey for Life in Europe in 2021, the Mexican military stalked them, using social media, and informants at consulates, leaked files reveal.
The Pegasus spyware, sold by Israel to Mexico, when placed in cell phones, can not be detected. The spyware shows a person's location and turns the cellphone into a listening device and viewing device. It can be turned on for audio and video without the user knowing it.Mexico was the first and is the most prolific user of the Israeli company NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware, which targeted human rights activists and journalists.
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